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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette is now available on Sephora!

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Hurry VIB Rouge's!  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette is now available on Sephora.com and Sephora.ca!

We have spent so much money at Sephora just for this day!  I wanna say just kidding but I actually have been waiting quite a while for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (CA $67 / US $58).  And I'm so glad I'm a VIB Rouge.

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Last year, everyone was crazy about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (CA $67 / US $58), and it flew off the shelf too quickly that they had to bring it back as a permanent item.  This year, with the release of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (CA $41 / US $35), where shades are also out of stock for months, they are bringing the palette version for the holiday season!

So act now, fellow beauty enthusiasts who happen to shop at Sephora, a lot :P

Happy Shopping!


x Rica




Tried & Tested, Best Primers for Oily Skin | A Tale of an Oily Skin Gal


Who (what) is your biggest makeup nemesis?

For me, it is my own oily skin.  I don't know how many times I end up look like a grease ball by 5PM.  Even when most things work on others, I seem to always be out of luck.

So I have taken the "Mission Makeup Stay Put" very seriously.  I tried and tested many different kinds of makeup primer out there that cater to oily skin.  I finally found 3 that I would call my faves and keep going back to it...

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (CA $44 / US $36)


It's been over a year now since I last raved about this product but this is seriously DA BOMB in oily control.  The silicone primer texture dries down super duper quickly.

The application takes a bit of time to get used to: Dispense a small amount on your fingers, warm between your hands, and pat it onto your skin.  Like I said, since it dries down quickly, I would apply area by area, starting form my t-zone.

I definitely won't squeeze a lot out and then apply to my whole face in one go.  I tried it, it looks flakey, never again.  It is really matte though, so if you have combination oily skin, you may want to stick with T zone only; and skip entirely if you have normal/normal-to-dry skin.
Brunching with YSL Gloss Volupté this Weekend | Cuirs Fétiches for Fall 2014


Have you have one of those days where you feel "bleh"?  Like you want to stay home in your PJs with your hair undone and watch TV.  Ya, that was me for the past two weekends.

The Summertime Sadness has hit me hard... So hard, that I can barely function.  I told myself "get your arse up, go outside, and have brunch with your man".

With me already feeling "bleh", the least I could do is not show it.  I put some light makeup on (Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide,  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in DimLancôme Grandiôse Mascara & Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in Matte Black).  And I finished off with the Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté 106 Cuir Grenat (CA $35 / US $32) right before I step out the door.
It brightens everything up.

YSL Gloss Volupté in 106 Cuir Grenat
YSL Gloss Volupté in 106 Cuir Grenat
YSL Gloss Volupté in 106 Cuir Grenat Lip Swatch
YSL Gloss Volupté in 106 Cuir Grenat Lip Swatch, gloss removed

That raspberry red tint is so much more flattering that it looks in the tube.  I could build it up to make it a vampy night out shade, or, my favourite way, I could just apply a layer or two for that just bitten lip colour with a juicy glossy finish.

The staying power was quite impressive.  I mean I went for brunch, even after the glossy topping is gone, I still got a nice tint (not a stain).  But I would reapply just for that sweet scent of it.  It smells like those Asian mango candies you get at Chinese restaurant when you get the bill.

YSL Gloss Volupté in 106 Cuir Grenat & 210 Beige Nu
YSL Gloss Volupté in 210 Beige Nu
YSL Gloss Volupté in 210 Beige Nu
YSL Gloss Volupté in 210 Beige Nu Lip Swatch

I also really like the 210 Beige Nu shade from the same Cuirs Fétiches Fall collection.  It is a great neutral nude lip colour for light-medium to medium-deep skin tone because it's a mauve beige.  These two shades a bit more creamier than the existing range of Gloss Volupté, which are great addition to the current line up.

So I'm going to give these glosses a A- (it really depends how much you're willing to spend for a luxury lipgloss)

I just decided to add a bit of boho spin to my Fall style, which was inspired by my post-brunch-shopping at Club Monaco... I love that shop... So these glosses comes at a good timing because it'll work well with my rustic mixed with navy and burgundy purchases (this reminds me, I totally need some new shoes to go with them).

Until next time,


x Rica


*Disclosure: Some products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration.  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.

YSL Couture Palette Collector Fétiche | Review, Photos, Swatches & Demo | Fall 2014 Cuirs Fétiches Collection


Inspired by leather—the ultra classic material in fashion, Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Make-up YSL Beauté of Yves Saint Laurent, created the Cuirs Fétiches Collection for Fall 2014.  This collection features a variety of texture and finishes, from grained to burnished, from matte to glossy, to represent possibilities of leather.  It is apparent that leather is the theme of the collection, as shown on the packaging of the Fétiche Palette.

Photo Diary & OOTD: Canadian National Exhibition 2014


Canadian National Exhibition, aka CNE or the Ex, has been a Toronto tradition for over a century.  Many Canadians or even tourist will come to this annual 18-day fair for the shows, exhibits, food, casino and so on.  This year, for some reason, the man was very excited to go to the Ex, so we walked all the way to the venue and spend the evening there last night.  This is our photo diary... or better known as Rica's food diary...  I also included my OOTD here, CNE style :).  Hope you enjoy!